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Kenneth Geoffrey Foster

the RAF Benevolent Fund


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Remembered by: RAF Benevolent Fund

Date added: 15 Jul 2015

On behalf of Ann Foster

Sadly, Ken was not able to join the RAF as his eyesight was not up to standard, but in 1942 he was invited to join the ATC and served with them as Aircraft Recognition Lecturer, Officer Commanding his squadron and finally as Secretary, Treasurer and Chairman of the civilian Committee. Some 60 years in all before he retired aged 82 years. Since a lad of 10 years old Ken had always made model aircraft 1/72 size and read many magazines on the subject.

In 2009, on my husband’s 89th birthday I arranged with the Air Commodore at Cosford RAF station for him to have a private conducted tour of the base and museum, with a lunch in the officers mess, as when Ken finally ended his ATC career he had no recognition of his work at all and I was very annoyed as you may imagine.

In 2013 Ken was moved to a local Rest Home as his Parkinson’s Disease (only in his legs) was becoming difficult to m manage in our apartment and I feared for his safety. Ken has many visitors, was a marvelous conversationalist – talking on any subject and most enjoyed the chats with his friends from the Squadron who visited him each week.

In June 2014 my husband wanted to present to the Squadron two shields for ‘Cadet of the Year’ and the O/C Commanding 491 decided it would be better for Ken to have it in patio outside his room. It was a really wonderful day for him, twenty of us in all – 15 RAF and 5 friends with RAF connections – the sun shone for us and after the presentation Birthday cake (Ken’s 94th) and wine was enjoyed. Many photos were taken.

On a more personal note, Ken and I met and married in September 1975, six months after we met. Ken was the love of my life as I was of his and after marrying, we were truly blessed with almost 40 years of truly wonderful marriage – obviously made in heaven.

My much loved husband passed away peacefully in his excellent Rest Home, three months before his 95th Birthday and it would have been our Ruby wedding in September. Much loved and now much missed.

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